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Interview: Ethan Hawke

In Daybreakers, Ethan Hawke stars as a vampire. No, he doesn’t sparkle like Edward Cullen nor does he sulk the majority of the movie, but his character does share something in common with the heartthrob of the vampire craze: an aversion to blood. Hawke’s character, Edward Dalton, works as a hematologist trying to devise a blood supplement to replace the near-depleted supply of human blood. The thing is, not only does he have no interest in indulging in the purest of human blood, but he doesn’t think a blood supplement is the answer to world’s predicament.

From the moment Hawke saw the script for Daybreakers, he knew it was something novel that he’d love to be part of. Once he signed on the dotted line it set Daybreakers on the path to a wide release and made it a magnet for big stars like Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill and Isabel Lucas. He’s eager to give the film’s writers/directors, the Spierig Brothers, their due credit, but it was his faith in the duo who had only made one very small scale film that made the world of Daybreakers a reality. And that faith has extended so far that he’s already talking about how excited he is to do a sequel. Read below for all that and more.

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Interview: Daybreakers’ Willem Dafoe

There’s something very intimidating about Willem Dafoe and that intimidation increases tenfold when he sits down right next to you. After a brief chat about his upcoming film Daybreakers the uneasiness didn’t fade, but I was able to pinpoint its source. When Dafoe takes on a role, there isn’t an ounce of him that isn’t fully committed to becoming the character.

In this case, that character is Elvis, one of few remaining humans in a world filled with vampires. Why would a star as well renowned as Dafoe take a chance on a brother writing/directing team with just one extremely low budget film on their resume? Because it isn’t about the scale of the film to him, it’s about the quality of the content.

Read on to see what Dafoe had to say about his role in the movie, his career overall and his hopes for the future.

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Interview: Daybreakers Writer-Directors Michael And Peter Spierig

You know the Coen brothers and the Farrelly brothers, but if you haven’t seen the horror comedyUndead, you probably have no idea who the Spierig brothers are. The writing/directing duo hails from Australia and is the team behind the latest film to indulge in the vampire craze, Daybreakers. It’s a good thing the two sport different looks, because otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to tell Michael and Peter apart!

They first gained attention when Lionsgate unexpectedly acquired their self-financed film Undeadand set it for a limited theatrical run and DVD release. A couple of years later, the studio and the twins reunited to shoot Daybreakers. Not only were they completely taken aback by the concept of not having to swipe their own credit cards to finance the producer, but their dream headliner, Ethan Hawke, was on board to star.

Check out what Peter and Michael said about their filmmaking techniques, potential for aDaybreakers 2 and their next project, a film adaption of the adventure novel Captain Blood.

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Review: Daybreakers

In the words of Lionel ‘Elvis’ Cormac (Willem Dafoe), “Life’s a bitch, and then you don’t die.” Hopefully, the days of the glittery brooding vampire will come to an end and the creatures can return to their roots. Not necessarily the Count ‘I vant to suck your blood’ roots, but at least to where vampires were badasses. Twilight fans beware, Daybreakers is on the way and Edward Cullen stands no chance against these bloodsuckers. They’re fierce, they’re powerful and incredibly hungry. Mind your jugular because Daybreakers is a wild ride packed with innovation, blood and a whole lot of fun.

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